Tell your MP you’re concerned about religious freedom

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Whatever you think of last month’s election result, one thing is clear: it’s never been more urgent for the UK government to speak up on religious freedom.

In the past months, we’ve seen religious freedom appear regularly in the headlines of major news outlets around the world. From the atrocities perpetrated by Daesh (Islamic State) across the Middle East, to the horrific religious persecution Eritreans are fleeing, to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma – these are all situations where we know two things:

1. The suffering of the people involved is immense, and no words can do it justice.
2. The UK government can make a real difference by speaking out publicly and taking action.

With that in mind, please email your MP to tell them why you think religious freedom is so important.

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Things to say

  • Congratulate your MP on their election to office
  • Explain that you’re concerned about the issue of religious freedom around the world
  • Ask them to commit to taking action in the following ways:
  1. Personally pursuing and holding the government to account on its manifesto pledge to ‘stand up for the freedom of people of all religions – and non-religious people – to practise their beliefs in peace and safety’ by ensuring freedom of religion or belief plays a central part in every aspect of foreign policy, including trade, aid and diplomacy;
  2. Ensuring that the UK is an outspoken defender of freedom of religion or belief at the international level, including at the EU and UN.
  • Ask them to go to the APPG on International Freedom of Religion or Belief on Wednesday 17 June at 4pm.

By Praying, protesting, providing and proclaiming, individuals and churches are helping to make religious freedom a reality. Please join them and get involved!

Mervyn Thomas,
Chief Executive, CSW